WITH global tuna stocks on the decline, Greenpeace has warned major tuna industries in the Philippines to cut back on their drastic tuna fishing methods.
In a statement Greenpeace said, they pleaded with the fishing agencies to put a stop to their fishing practices if they wanted a future for their multi-billion peso businesses.
"The government should ensure sustainability in our seas so that tuna fisheries can continue, securing the livelihood of millions of fisherfolk," regional oceans campaigner Greenpeace Southeast Asia Mark Dia said in the statement.
"Instead of pursuing ever-increasing tuna catches and opening up new fishing grounds, the Philippine government needs to direct its support to shift the tuna industry and prop up existing sustainable methods in catching tuna," he said at the 15th Tuna Congress in the Philippines.
According to the statement, the call for the protection of bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks is nothing new, as scientists have continued to call for further protection of the fish species.
"Bigeye and yellowfin tuna need at least two to three years to grow to maturity, so if most of the catch is juvenile tuna, fish stocks will not be able to replenish themselves.
"Evidence of this is already clear in the traditional tuna fishing areas south of Mindanao where tuna is getting smaller and harder to catch."